JERUSALEM, Israel - The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) announced the expansion of a global Jewish-Christian alliance, which seeks to indict Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejdad for incitement to genocide.
"With the addition of Pat Robertson, Gary Bauer and other prominent Christian leaders, we are making an important and bold statement that Jews and Christians have joined hands like never before to confront the looming Iranian nuclear threat against Israel," ICEJ executive director Rev. Malcolm Hedding said.
"We are confident that the growing momentum of this global campaign will eventually succeed in holding Ahmadinejad accountable for his radioactive rhetoric against the Jewish state," Hedding said.
Last month, the ICEJ delivered a petition to United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, signed by 55,000 Christians from 120 nations, calling on the U.N. to hold the Iranian president responsible for his calls to wipe Israel off the map.
The petition supported an initiative by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), headed by former Israeli U.N. Ambassador Dore Gold, based on the Genocide Convention to Prevent and Punish the Crime of Genocide, which provides legal precedent to indict Ahmadinejad.
By broadening the coalition, the ICEJ and JCPA hope to create a grass-roots groundswell that will counter the inactivity of the international community.
"The nation of Israel is experiencing the most maximum danger since its founding," Dr. Pat Robertson said.
"Without question, the fanatical extremists in Teheran have made clear their intention to annihilate Israel…It is time now for world leaders to open their eyes to the threat that a nuclear armed Iran will pose a threat not only to Israel, but to the entire Middle East and to Europe. Idle threats have so far proved fruitless. The time to act is now," Robertson said.